Director of Prevention Programs

Disease Prevention Programs · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department Disease Prevention Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Job Summary:

The Director of Preventions Programs serves as the principal investigator and overall administrator of the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Health Board’s (GPTLHB) Prevention Programs within the community health department. The director is responsible for providing leadership, management, and technical assistance to program staff, establishing program goals, and ensuring the overall compliance and success of the chronic disease prevention programs.

Essential Functions:

Program Management

  • Manage, direct and coordinate a variety of programs funded by grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from diverse funding sources with individual and unique requirements.
  • Hires, trains, assigns, schedules, directs, supervises evaluates, and disciplines employees; set priorities and deadlines; reviews and approves employees’ time records and expense reports; and ensures staff adheres to established policies, processes HIPAA regulations, and all other regulatory standards.
  • Provides overall directions projects and activities’ provide oversight of quality assurance and evaluation activities and review and approve work performed by consultants, contractors and sub-recipients.
  • Maintains positive relationships with grant funding entities, designed grant officers and contracts to ensure successful implementation and administration of grant awards, and to cultivate opportunities for continuations, expanded or new funding with funders.
  • Lead and provide guidance in the writing, timely submission, and dissemination of all required repost and continuation applications by funding agency and GPTLHB deadlines.
  • Participate in the development, establishment, and implementation of departmental policies.
  • Ensures compliance with terms and conditions of grants, cooperative agreement and awards.
  • Identifies and writes for new funding opportunities in consultation with the GPTLHB Administrative team, following grant solicitation and management protocols and policies.
  • Supervise and provide direction to staff; interview and hire staff; evaluate performance on a regular basis; and implement disciplinary action.

Fiscal Management

  • Provide for the sound management and reporting of department fiscal resources and property assets.
  • Oversee the development and monthly monitoring of program budgets and cuff accounts according to GPTLHB policy and funding agency requirements.
  • Responsible for ensuring all departments’ contracts, sub-recipient monitoring and expenditures are in accordance with OMB Uniform Guidance and are supported with proper documentation.


Public Health Leadership

  • Lead the department in short and long-term planning.
  • Expand and/or obtain new funding in line with tribal public health priorities.
  • Interpret public health policies, impacts and objectives for staff.
  • Ensure projects use appropriate public health methods and design interventions; translate and disseminate study findings and issue public health recommendations to tribal health officials.
  • Represent GPTLHB at state meetings, conferences committees, and other appropriate forums; conder with local, tribal, state and federal officials on public health issues; meet with advisory boards, committees, the public and the media on community health matters.
  • Present periodic reports and information on the department programs to tribes, Indian Health Service, state, university, federal and local entities, as well other regional and national Indian organizations.
  • Develop and maintain open lines of communication between GPTLHB and a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Aid and mentor program staff on technical issues related to public health research including project management, regulatory compliance and budgeting.
  • Performs related duties.



Professional Behavior  

  • Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the position.
  • Work in a cooperative and professional manner with Oyate Health Center, and GPTLHB staff.
  • Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and respect.
  • Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advance personal educational development by attending training sessions and seminars as appropriate.
  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stake holders, health board colleagues, program partners service recipients, visitors and guests.
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness, and respect.
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation, and/or personalities.
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality.
  • Handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Be self-directed and take the proactive initiative to assist others.
  • Resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision if needed.
  • Exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
  • Promote alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free lifestyle.
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence.
  • Adhere to GPTLHB policies and procedures.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge of Public health programs, functions, and services.
  • Knowledge of chronic disease prevention assessments, interventions, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of Great Plains Area tribes, tribal health priorities, tribal cultural practices.
  • Knowledge of Grant Management, grant writing, and grant reporting.
  • Knowledge of various funding agencies.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and financial management principles.
  • Knowledge of the structure, functions, and operations of GPTLHB department.
  • Knowledge of computers, and job-related software programs.
  • Knowledge of local state and federal laws and regulations applicable to the area of responsibility.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to research, synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal), and clearly communicate the key information.
  • Ability to inspire respect and trust; mobilize others to fulfill the vision; provide vision and inspiration.
  • Ability to support and commit to OHC and GPLHB policies and procedures.
  • Ability to supervise, evaluate, coach, and develop staff.
  • Ability to work with a personal computer and utilize a variety of software applications, including email.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritize and shift priorities in a changing environment.
  • Skill in employee management and supervision.
  • Skill in critical thinking, deductive reasoning and decision making.
  • Skill in researching, compiling, and analyzing information.
  • Skill in creating and facilitating trainings and materials
  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.
  • Skill in use of personal computer and a variety of job-related software applications.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


Supervisory Controls

The supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. The employee and supervisor, in consultation, develop deadlines, projects, and work to be done.

The employee is considered an expert and is responsible for planning and carrying out the assignment, resolving most of the conflicts that arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary, and interpreting policy on own initiative in terms of established objectives. In some assignments, the employee also determines the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The employee keeps the supervisor informed of progress and potentially controversial matters.

Completed work is reviewed only from an overall standpoint in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness in meeting requirements or expected results.


Guidelines are available but are not completely applicable to the work or have gaps in specificity.

The employee must use judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines, such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, accreditation requirements, advanced clinical protocols, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes

The employee uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or researching trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, or proposed new policies.

Complexity/Scope of work

The work typically includes varied duties that require many different and unrelated processes and methods, such as those relating to well established aspects of an administrative or professional field. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work involves treating a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria.


The personal contacts are with employees throughout the organization and are generally engaged in different functions and kinds of work and may be representatives from various levels. Other personal contacts at this level include contact with partner organizations, Tribal affiliate organizations, and members of the general public. The purpose is to plan, coordinate, or advise on work efforts, or to resolve operating problems by influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The characteristic demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The work is typically performed in an office and the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to manipulate, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move light objects. Specific vision abilities required by  this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

This position requires operation of a motor vehicle and may require travel.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory and Management Responsibilty

This is a second level supervisor usually responsible for the work performance of one or more first level supervisors or of group of complex and difficult heterogeneous positions (i.e., employees all perform basically different types of work). This position is responsible for planning and organizing work functions, priorities, etc., and recommending significant changes in structure, methods, or procedures as necessary to meet objectives. The employee carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in public health, health administration or related field; Master’s preferred.
  • Three (3) years in progressive management and supervisory work experience is required.
  • Proven record of successfully managing federal, state, and/or privately funded public health grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer and technical skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders among Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, non-governmental groups, and the public at large is required.


Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Dakota.


The GPTLHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates overqualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions if all other qualifications are equal.

Must successfully pass a criminal and background check and a pre-employment drug screen.

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  • Location
    RAPID CITY, South Dakota
  • Department
    Disease Prevention Programs
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience